Reba McEntire’s Persistence Pays Off

Her Work Ethic Continues as She Embarks on a New Record Deal

As the icon prepares to release brand new music, she’s on the hunt for the best songs out there — and she’s not afraid to fight and work hard until she finds them.

I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when Reba McEntire announced a new record deal and an upcoming album to be released by Nash Icon Music.

So many thoughts raced through my head. Will it be more like the classic “Fancy” Reba or — wait for it — more like the “Whoever’s in New England” or “Little Rock” Reba? Or will she springboard off more recent smashes like “Consider Me Gone” or the uber-contemporary No. 1 hit “Turn on the Radio”?

And at the end of the day, do I really care? It’s Reba McEntire, after all.

She’s obviously got a bigger plan in motion and is on the hunt for the best songs to record for this new project because she’s still in the game and is ready to compete. In some ways, she’s probably competing with her own incredible legacy, but that doesn’t mean she plans to get too cozy or comfortable.

“The way I compete is to try to find the best songs possible like I always have,” she said in a recent interview with Billboard magazine. “And if they stand up, then we’ve done our job. And if they don’t, we need to work harder.”

If anyone could justifiably rest on his or her laurels, it would be McEntire. But the “try-harder” mentality she possesses is exactly why she always seems to succeed — and excel — at any project she tackles. She’s never been afraid to make mistakes and push herself past her limits.

“Something I’ve never been afraid of is to try harder,” she said. “When I see where I’ve failed, I don’t let it beat me up. I take it as constructive criticism and go forward and try to improve upon that.”

Talk about sound advice from the best of the best. May we all be so persistent in our pursuits.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.